A patient told me, “My husband and I disagree on when we can throw out milk. He goes by the date and I don’t think it matters as much.”
Well, he’s right. The dates do matter—just not as much as he may think.
The “use by” dates on dairy products are often determined by manufacturers for quality, not safety reasons. You’re less likely to buy a certain product again if you get one that already tastes sour. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gives each type of foods a shelf life, and that may be longer than the date on the package.
If you’re not sure if something has spoiled, go by the rule, “When in doubt, throw it out.” That’s something you and your husband can easily agree on. Remind him of the old truism for hubbys: “Happy wife, happy life.”
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